You Know You’re From New York When…

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Dec 082017

You Know You’re From New York When…

You Know You’re From New York When

  • You’re 35 years old and don’t have a driver’s license.
  • You ride in a subway car with no air conditioning just because there are seats available.
  • You take the train home and you know exactly where on the platform the doors will open that will leave you right in front of the exit stairway.
  • You know what a “regular” coffee is.
  • It’s not Manhattan…… It’s the “city”.
  • There is no north and south. It’s “uptown” or “downtown.” If you’re really from New York you have absolutely no concept of where north and south are…. And east or west is “crosstown.”
  • You cross the street anywhere but on the corners and you yell at cars for not respecting your right to do it.
  • You move 3,000 miles away, spend 10 years learning the local language and people still know you’re from Brooklyn the minute you open your mouth.
  • You return after 10 years and the first foods you want are a “real” pizza and a “real” bagel.
  • A 500 square foot apartment is large.
  • You know the differences between all the different Ray’s pizzas.
  • You are not under the mistaken impression that any human being would be able to actually understand a p.a. Announcement on the subway.
  • You wouldn’t bother ordering pizza in any other city.
  • You get ready to order dinner every night and must choose from the major food groups which are: Chinese, Italian, Mexican or Indian.
  • You’re not the least bit interested in going to Times Square on New Year’s eve.
  • Your internal clock is permanently set to know when alternate side of the street parking regulations are in effect.
  • Someone bumps into you, and you check for your wallet.
  • You don’t even notice the lady walking down the road having a perfectly normal conversation with herself.
  • You pay “only” $230 a month to park your car.
  • The presidential visit is a major traffic jam, not an honor.
  • You can nap on the subway and never miss your stop.
  • The deli guy gives you a straw with any beverage you buy, even if it’s a beer.


A Monument To The Unelected

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Nov 122016


Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign sign joins presidential runners-up in Nina Katchadourian’s “Monument to the Unelected” in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Hillary became the 59th presidential election loser on the Lefferts Historic House’s lawn.

In Brooklyn, a Clinton Sign Joins a Collection Dedicated to ‘Monument to the Unelected’

“It’s good to think about this country’s complicated history right now,” artist Nina Katchadourian told Hyperallergic, just a few minutes before she placed the 2016 addition to her “Monument to the Unelected” installation on the lawn of the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park. It’s the project’s 59th sign created for the runner-up to every American presidential campaign.

The structure itself, an 18th-century Dutch farmhouse, is a reminder of the long, complex societal history of New York City, especially as two candidates with deep connections in the area conclude their turbulent campaign. Today’s dreary weather and small, quiet group of reporters contributed to a somber mood as Katchadourian placed a sign emblazoned with “I’m with Hillary 2016” on the rebar poles in the ground.

As Hrag Vartanian reported earlier this week for Hyperallergic, she started the project in 2008, including the runners-up from that election (McCain/Palin), and revisited it in 2012 (Romney/Ryan). “I’m really committed to showing this four years from now, no matter what,” she added, although noted that this year it was “more timely than ever.” The ultimate goal of the project, which she describes as “politically neutral,” is to “think about what we’ve done, and think about it again.”

Indeed, it’s tempting to imagine a different reality when instead of the Clinton sign is one for Trump. Each of the signs represents another path for the country, whether an Al Gore victory in 2000, or Aaron Burr in 1800. “Monument to the Unelected” will stay on view this weekend, where pedestrians walking down Flatbush Avenue, spying the work through the fence, or visitors within Prospect Park, can witness this visual narrative of American alternate histories.



Nina Katchadourian installing the 2016 addition to “Monument to the Unelected”

That yard must be a real pain to mow!


Oct 302016

Clinton's New House - clintons-renovating-new-ny-house-without-permits

Guess what? Bill and Hillary Clinton ordered renovation work on a new house next to their Chappaqua, N.Y home without acquiring the proper permits. What are the odds that this house was paid for by the Clinton Crime Family Foundation?

Laws are for the little people.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton have been renovating a house they bought next to their Chappaqua residence without several required local permits, according to building department records.

An in-ground swimming pool at 33 Old House Lane — the 3,631-square-foot, ranch-style house the Clintons bought for $1.16 million in August — had been back-filled and covered with gravel, according to an October report from town Building Inspector William Maskiell.

Maskiell, who said he visited the home Oct. 5, after the department received a complaint about excavation done there, said as he headed to the basement to talk to the contractor, he noticed the kitchen, floors and walls appeared to have been recently renovated and new electrical fixtures were being installed in the ceiling. The person who complained was not identified.

Maskiell said he told the contractor that permits were required.

“During conversation I was told that the owners wanted to have all work done and finished by Thanksgiving and were quite adamant about it and what had started as a paint job turned into this,” Maskiell’s Oct. 17 inspection report said.

A Clinton spokesperson did not return requests for comment.

Maskiell said in an interview that sometimes homeowners come in to file for a permit, but the majority of the time it is either an architect or contractor.

“The homeowners have to sign the applications because it’s their property,” Maskiell said. “If you own the house, you’re responsible on everything that goes on with that house.”

The major outstanding permits at 33 Old House Lane are for the filling-in of the pool and the home renovation, he said.

Maskiell said while it’s conceivable the previous owner of 33 Old House Lane could have made some changes there, “the work I saw, at least 90 percent or 95 percent that I saw I can honestly say (was) being done now.”

Permit issues that continue to go unaddressed can lead to fines against a homeowner and/or a contractor, he said.

The Journal News/lohud obtained the building department records through a state Freedom of Information Law request.

Among the documents needed at the 33 Old House Lane property are a demolition permit for the pool, a permit for the house renovations, and certification that the material used to fill the pool is not from a contaminated source. There have been reports that 33 Old House Lane would be a getaway home for the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea, and her family.

At 15 Old House Lane, a home at the end of a cul-de-sac where the Clintons have lived on and off since buying it for $1.7 million in 1999, Maskiell wrote that “during a standard records search and follow-up conversations” there were some outstanding permits there as well. That includes an electrical inspection at a library/gym, and a sprinkler sign-off by an engineer and the town water department, according to the building inspector’s October reports.

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Wagon Car

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Sep 052016

Wagon Car

Not your father’s Radio Flyer wagon.


When Herb Cook of Gowanda heads out to his garage, it’s because he wants to play with his wagon.

It’s pretty obvious that his bright red Radio Flyer is not like the one we had as kids. For starters, this one is a lot bigger and gets 18 miles to the gallon. Herb said, “We usually run it 55 to 65 miles per hour.”

Herb’s wife June wasn’t surprised when her husband said he planned to turn a 1993 Ford pick-up truck with a 160,000 miles on it into a wagon. The project took about a year to complete, but it began with stripping the truck down to the chassis.

Herb did a lot of the work and June helped. They had the steel body manufactured. According to Herb, “I had no way of bending 14 gauge steel.”

This one-of-a-kind wagon gets plenty of second looks. June and Herb have a ball driving it around, sometimes in parades and sometimes just for the fun of it out on the open highway.

The big kid’s motorized Radio Flyer makes people smile when they see it and that’s okay with Herb, he said, “If it can make people laugh and smile a little bit, that’s my reward for building it.”



Joke Of The Day: Horns

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Feb 112016
Rubber Chicken A born-and-bred New Yorker is in the country when he sees a field of animals and says to the farmer. “What a strange looking cow. Why doesn’t it have horns?”

“Well, there are several reasons,” the farmer replies. “Some cows get their horns late, while others have their horns cut off, and still others never even grow horns.”

“And this cow?” the city man asks.

“Well, the reason this cow doesn’t have any horns is because it’s a horse.”



NYC Officials Concerned About DIRTY BOMB ATTACK On 4th Of July

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Jul 022015

From Gateway Pundit:

Rep. Peter KingChairman of the Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism – spoke to Megyn Kelly night about the concerns of a terrorist attack this weekend on the 4th of July.

ISIS threatened the US with attacks on the homeland earlier this year.

King said that New York City officials are concerned about a dirty bomb attack on the 4th of July.

Rep. Peter King: You wouldn’t see the… nuclear explosion detection devices being used the way they are.

Megyn Kelly: Excuse me, did you just say nuclear?

Rep. Peter King: Yes, that’s a big concern here in New York.


Paul Harvey – Policeman

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Dec 232014

Paul Harvey - PolicemanPaul Harvey was probably the best story teller to ever grace this earth. When Harvey spoke, you were drawn in, he compelled you to listen, held you till the very end and left wanting more. His tribute to the many police officers who risk their lives daily is one of his best.

God bless the men and women in blue.


A policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

What that really means is that they are exceptional, they are unusual, they are not commonplace. Buried under the froth is the fact: and the fact is, less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. And that is a better average than you would find among clergymen!

What is a policeman? He, of all men, is at once the most needed and the most wanted. A strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “pig” or worse to his back.

He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

But…If the policeman is neat, he is conceited; If he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s a flirt; If he’s not, he’s a grouch.

He must make instant decisions which would require months for a lawyer.

But…if he hurries, he’s careless; If he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident, infallible with a diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal.” If you hit him…he’s a coward. If he hits you…he’s a bully.

The policeman, from a single human hair, must be able to describe the crime, the weapon, the criminal and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But…if he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he is a dunce.

He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache, to build a case against some felon who will get “dealed out” by a shameless shamus.

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

And of course, he’ll have to be a genius…for he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.



Man Brutally Beheads Woman In New York

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Oct 292014

Can you say Religion of Peace?

As far as Radical Islam goes… there is no such thing as a Lone wolf. The wolves are all coming from the same pack!

From The Blaze:

The community in Farmingdale, New York, is shocked after an unidentified man allegedly jumped in front of moving train shortly after viciously beheading a woman nearby.

Citing unidentified sources, WPIX-TV reports the body of a beheaded woman was discovered in Faramingdale near the Long Island Rail Road station.

Source: WPIX-TV

Police in Nassau County confirmed the potential suicide on the LIRR tracks, but did not confirm that the death is connected to the beheading.

There was no clear connection between the deadly incident and terrorism as of Tuesday night.

However, law enforcement sources reportedly told NBC New York that police are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide. The sources confirmed a woman in her 60s was found with her head severed outside a Farmingdale apartment.

Officials reportedly believe the man found dead on the LIRR tracks could be the deceased woman’s son.

LIRR also confirmed on Twitter that an “unauthorized person” was struck by a train, delaying the Ronkonkoma line.


Joke Of The Day: Media Bias

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Oct 242014
Rubber Chicken Two boys are playing football in Golden Gate Park when one is attacked by a Rottweiler. Thinking quickly, the other boy rips off a board of the nearby fence, wedges it down the dog’s collar and twists, breaking the dog’s neck.

A reporter who is strolling by sees the incident, and rushes over to interview the boy. “A brave New Yorker saves friend from vicious animal”, he starts writing in his notebook.

“But I’m not from New York” the boy replies. “I’m visiting from Kentucky!”

The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and writes, “Redneck bastard kills family pet”.